Peer Support in the Workplace
Peer support is an effective way in which employees can manage their wellbeing and mental health in the workplace.
By ‘peer support’ we mean employee’s offering support to one another in a mutual space in the workplace. Peer support enables employees to talk to others who have a shared experience. We can apply our peer support model to workplaces to meet individual organisational (and employee) support needs; our sessions are facilitated by our trained experts with lived experience of mental health.
Benefits of our peer support model in the workplace include:
- Creating a platform to offer mutual support and understanding for employees
- Increased employee resilience, improved working environments and can therefore help reduce sickness absence
Organisations and employees can continue their own peer support groups independently (or with flexible support) after our initial training has taken place
What we offer
We have 18 years’ experience in developing and delivering peer support and are recognised locally and nationally as leaders in this field.
We offer a range of training and support to help organisations develop and sustain peer support which include.
- Consultancy for organisations in the development and implementation of peer support
- Training for employees in how to establish a peer support group or network.
- Facilitation of the peer support group or network, if desired.
”Leeds Mind have been a great support over the last 6 months; our facilitator has helped us begin developing the framework for our new peer support programme at Candlelighter’s for families affected by childhood cancer. She has been flexible in her approach, thinking about how the experience of peer support at Leeds Mind could benefit our very specific new programme at Candlelighters. Her advice and guidance has been invaluable and we are really looking forward to working further with Leeds Mind on the next steps of our project.CandlelightersChildrens Charity
”Along with a number of colleagues, I attended a day long training session run by Leeds Mind to assist us with the setting up of a Peer Support Group. Every one of us found the workshop informative, extremely relevant and useful, and tailored to our exact requirements. The delivery of this was first class, very inter-active and gave us the opportunity to look at ourselves, what we wanted to get from the day and how we could get our peer support group up and running. The consultancy also covered the important aspect of coping mechanisms for each of us to enable us to deal with the pressures the role could place on us. The facilitators were knowledgeable in their field, able to answer any question asked of them and were extremely approachable. I cannot recommend this service enough to any employer that is serious about employee welfare.West Yorkshire Police